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Remembering when

Warren Hunt (5730)

Open Guitar Forum · 7/5/2007 9:26 AM
Hi folks,

My son is having a birthday and asked me for a better guitar and amp. I feel he has come as far as he can with his old Squire and does deserve a new one. I went to the guitar store today and after not having been inside one for many years myself, was astounded at the number of gadgets and pedals for instruments.

Then the sale guy says "yah wanna get a good tuner or just a cheap one".

The image of a Tuning Fork instantly came to mind and then I realised that he was talking about a computer tuner.

One the way home I started "remembering when" I first started playing 37 years ago. Now I know its not that long ago, but we were a poor family who made do with what we had. I started with a 4th or 5th hand guitar and went from there. I felt lucky to have a tuning fork back then.

Just the simple fact of tuning your guitar now days is so much easier. I learned to tune by ear, but I now use a tuner to get close first and then tune in by ear. My son cant or wont tune by ear, rather he relies on the tuner he got in his Strat Pack.

Anyway I felt I had to write this note and just ask you all to some day "remember when". You might be interested in the changes in your life.

Take care and play hard.

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Re: Remembering when

7/5/2007 11:35 AM

Alan Roberts (10065) wrote:

Can you really tune better by ear than using a tuner?

Peace,
Alan



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Re: Remembering when

7/5/2007 2:07 PM

Warren Hunt (5730) wrote:

Alan,

Yes I think I can tune better by ear than a tuner, as when your moving up the neck and the guitar is ever so slightly getting out of tune if the intonation is not 100%, then its a must to be able to hear the right tone/pitch.

I generally tune to 440 when starting with a tuner and then adjust to get what I feel it the "just right" feel of that guitar.

Warren



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Re: Remembering when

7/5/2007 5:24 PM

Bill North (12505) wrote:

Warren,
If a guitar is set up correctly it should be "on the money" up and down the neck. For years I lived with guitars that did exactly what you posted until I learned to set them up myself.

Bill~~~



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Re: Remembering when

7/5/2007 6:52 PM

Chris Russell (3044) wrote:

...able to hear the right tone/pitch...

now I know your old school. LOL!
remember when they used to call the sound that came from the vibrating string a "pitch"?
now they say your playing a "note". I hear that and I'm waiting for them to hand me a piece of paper with a cleft on it.

Chris



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Re: Remembering when

7/6/2007 12:07 AM

Alan Roberts (10065) wrote:

There is a huge variation in the quality of tuners that are
available.
As old and tired as it may sound, "you generally get what you
pay
for". I wouldn't be surprised to learn that you can "hear" better
than
the tuner that came for free in your son's Strat pack, but I'd be
hard
pressed to believe that your hearing was more accurate than a
strobe tuner. A medium priced tuner ( $75- $125) is usually
sufficient to exceed the accuracy of the human ear. But a good
tuner will only provide maximum results if the guitar is set up
properly. Even then it will never be "perfectly" in tune, but would
probably satisfy most ears and still be much closer than
humanly possible.
Peace,
Alan

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Re: Remembering when

7/5/2007 5:36 PM

Charles Gacsi (42523) wrote:

I like precision when dealing with being in tune. Tune by ear is ok. I also have a bridge that is bi direcional for each individual string. We have a piano in church that is on pitch. I adjust for the minute differences Sat night late with my Boss tuner. The needle lines up on pitch. When I get to church the next day I do a slight readjustment as the needle, for pitch alignment, needs only a slight nudge. This is done about 30 min before service begins. With my guitar in tune it makes the music sound better, feels better to me. The sounds at the 12th fret, or harmonic, on each string are correct and sound right. The slight variation, tuning by ear, are absent. How close you want the pitch sometimes becomes a personal matter of choice. I do have one rule that any other guitarist has to follow. Do not mess with the tuning of my guitar once I have tuned it.

Charlie